water hyacinth


Definition of water hyacinth

: a showy floating aquatic herb (Eichhornia crassipes) of tropical South America that has become naturalized in warm regions (as of the southern U.S.) often clogging waterways

Examples of water hyacinth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under a crescent moon, a Baja California treefrog wades among rushes and water hyacinth in San Felipe Creek — a wetland along the western edge of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that researchers fear could be rapidly shrinking as the climate changes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2022 Every spring, water hyacinth unfurls a carpet of lavender flowers and green bulbs over large swaths of the San Marcos River. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Dec. 2021 For Ovienmhada and Wood, their water hyacinth project isn’t just about the results. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 26 Oct. 2021 Made of water hyacinth, these straw placemats are durable and look good with just about any set of dishes. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The introduction of Nile perch and water hyacinth, both invasive species, has sent native fish numbers plummeting. Kang-chun Cheng, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Aug. 2021 These water hyacinth storage bins with handles ($8.99-$19.99, containerstore.com) come in four sizes and are available in a lighter shade and a mocha color. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Inland waterbodies also benefited, with the freeze purging invasive aquatic species such as giant salvinia and water hyacinth. Matt Watt, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2021 Blocking and disruption of the water flow has also led to the growth of invasive plants, including water hyacinth and para grass. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, 23 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of water hyacinth

1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Water hyacinth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20hyacinth. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of water hyacinth

: a floating water plant that often clogs streams in the southern United States

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